2017 Artists:

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Randy Rogers

A native of Cleburne, Texas, Rogers grew up addicted to traditional country music. “I wanted to be George Strait when I was in the sixth grade,” he says with a smile. “And I grew up listening to Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, I’ve listened to them more than anybody else, my whole life.  I always liked songs. I always wanted to find out who wrote the songs and what the songs were about.  I always liked the art and the craft of being a songwriter. My dad’s Beatles records got played a lot and Michael Martin Murphy is another one I listened to a lot as a kid. My dad was a huge fan.”

Like many artists, Rogers got his start performing in church and then expanded to local venues.  “I could write a song when I was pretty little, 11, 12 or 13,” he says. “It’s like a kid who could do calculus or something. It was just something that clicked in my brain for me.  I went and finished college and got a degree in public relations and then started a band.”

The same line up has been performing together since 2002 and the music has evolved as they’ve soaked up life experience. “As men we’ve all matured and lived a lot of life together,” Rogers says. “We’ve had a few breakups happen to us. We’ve had babies. We’ve had life changes. We’ve been on the road 200 shows a year. I’ve been in this band 15 years so a lot has changed.  I still listen to Merle Haggard every night. I mean that hasn’t changed, but a lot has changed for us musically and privately.  We all are in a good spot and we all are just as good friends as when we started.”

For more about Randy Rogers visit www.randyrogersband.com

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Wade Bowen

Bruce Robison

While immersed in the process of capturing some of his favorite songs and artists for The Next Waltz, Robison was inspired to round up his own band and lay down a collection of originals, co-writes and covers to put his personal stamp on. With a list of musician credits that could easily be mistaken for a hall-of-fame roll call, Robison delivers a truly organic listening experience that includes “happy accidents and all kinds of things that just feel real.”

Bruce Robison & The Back Porch Band is a “real” nine-track album made up of good-time, light hearted romps (“Rock n’ Roll Honky Tonk Ramblin’ Man”) and wistful, sometimes bittersweet ballads (“Long Time Coming”; “Still Doin’ Time”). Even The Who’s “Squeezebox” – which Robison calls a “a great country song by some English dudes” - fits perfectly in the mix. Long-time friend, Jack Ingram, appears with Robison on “Paid My Dues,” (written by Jason Eady and Micky Braun of Micky and the Motorcars) for a rowdy honky-tonker version. Robison marvels, “The song that I cut with Jack, there’s not even one overdub on it. That sounds like a simple thing, but I’ve never done that in my entire career, where we don’t even go in and fix anything.”

For more about Bruce Robison visit www.brucerobison.com

Jim Beavers

Since 2008, Jim Beavers has co-written nine #1 country hit songs including “Parachute” (recorded by Chris Stapleton), “Drink A Beer” (recorded by Luke Bryan), “Felt Good on My Lips” (Tim McGraw), “Why Don’t We Just Dance” (Josh Turner), “Am I The Only One,” “Sideways” and “5-1-5-0″ (Dierks Bentley). He’s also written chart hits like “Red Solo Cup” (Toby Keith), “Trying To Stop Your Leaving” (Dierks Bentley), “Don’t” (Billy Currington), “Watching Airplanes” (Gary Allan), “Lovin’ You Is Fun” (Easton Corbin) and “American Hearts” (Faith Hill).

In addition, Beavers has had dozens of songs recorded by such artists as Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley and others.

Beavers' compositions have received multiple CMA, ACM, BMI and NSAI nominations and awards.

Jim Beavers grew up in east Texas. He received his BBA from Baylor University and his MBA from Vanderbilt University.